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Spring Point Project Welcomes Second Generation 'Medical-Grade' Piglets
Date:10/13/2008

st of breeding and maintaining these medical-grade pigs is roughly $50 per day per pig. One program in fundraising is the Sponsor a Pig Program, in which it is possible to sponsor a pig for various days in the facility.

To date approximately $13 million has been raised toward the goal of $26 million necessary to get the organization through the first clinical trials. Donations to Spring Point Project can be made at http://www.springpointproject.org/giving .

About Spring Point Project

Spring Point Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide an unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes. Spring Point Project and the University of Minnesota work in partnership to provide the source and science needed to move toward a cure for diabetes.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF), a not-for-profit worldwide network based in Washington, DC, has made a substantial contribution of $6.2 million to Spring Point Project. In recognition of this significant donation, the Islet Resource Facility was named after the DRWF.

The Ryan Companies US, Inc., a leading national commercial real estate firm led by third-generation family members, is another major donor to Spring Point Project. Pat and Ann Ryan and Jim and Colleen Ryan have contributed $3 million. Their donation included personal gifts and contributions through the company. In addition, the company built the facility in which Spring Point Project's research is conducted. For more information about the Ryan Companies, visit http://www.ryancompanies.com .

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